ColdFire Module with the Size of a Credit Card
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COBRA5485 is a credit card-sized Embedded Processor Module based on the Freescale ColdFire MCF5485. The acronym COBRA stands for ColdFire Board for Rapid Applications.
The module can be used for a wide range of applications, especially for tasks requiring high computing performance.
The ColdFire processor family is the successor of the legendary Freescale (formerly: Motorola) 68000 series and was optimized especially for Embedded Applications. It provides high arithmetic performance at low current consumption. Today, several ColdFire processor derivatives are available; the MCF5485 is one of the most recent additions. It delivers more than 300 MIPS (Million Instructions Per Second), contains a Floating Point Unit (FPU), a Memory Management Unit (MMU) and a large variety of interfaces.
The COBRA5485 module contains not only a high-end processor but also a complete set of peripheral functions. The large on-board memory enables the use of powerful operating systems like Embedded Linux.
Software Development for ColdFire
Just like for the 68000 series, a large number of development tools are available for the ColdFire processors, both freeware and commercial offerings. The widespread GNU tool chain (C, C++ and debugger) supports the ColdFire processors as well. It is available for a number of platforms, including Windows-based PCs.
dBug is a traditional ROM monitor/debugger that offers a comfortable and intuitive command line interface that can be used to download and execute code. It contains all the primary features needed in a debugger to create a useful debugging environment, such as edit and display memory, line assembler, disassembler, break points and single step operation. dBug is a resident firmware package for the ColdFire family single board computers. The firmware provides a self-contained programming and operating environment. dBug interacts with the user through pre-defined commands that are entered via the terminal.
The COBRA Starter Kit
The Starter Kit contains:
The new MCF5485 processor contains a Memory Management Unit. With this prerequisite, the processor is capable of running a real Linux operating system with full kernel functionality. We help COBRA5485 users to quickly start with Linux development by offering a special Linux distribution, which contains full support for our COBRA5485 board. Using Linux as an operating system, a number of complex functions can be implemented on the COBRA5485 module easily, e.g.:
Linux for the COBRA5485 can be obtained as an optional software package including a complete Linux tool chain and additional documentation. As development environment we recommend a PC with Linux operating system.
Carrier Board Features
|COBRA5485/ENT||COBRA5485 Starter Kit including COBRA5485 module with dBug monitor, complete package as described above (but w/o Linux option)||quote||USD|
|COBRA5485/1||COBRA5485 module with dBug monitor (just the module - no extras included)||quote||USD|
|COBRA5485/LNX||Linux software package (option)||quote||USD|
Page date: 2008-05-20